Paula Varela is a professor of sociology and political science at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is on the editorial board of the journal Ideas de Izquierda (Left Ideas) and a member of the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (Socialist Workers' Party) of Argentina. She specializes in the labor movement and popular struggles in Latin America and has authored a book on rank-and-file unionism in Buenos Aires. She holds a doctorate in social sciences.